Our story

We’re the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australia's national environment organisation.

Since 1965, we’ve protected the nature we all love – our unique wildlife and our beautiful beaches and bush.

Driven by the power of people, we won World Heritage listing for the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park, and returned precious water to the rivers of the Murray-Darling.

We influence governments and businesses to protect the animals, rivers and reefs close to our hearts and hold decision-makers to account without fear or favour. Everything we do is evidence-based and helps nature and people thrive for generations to come.

We won’t give up until Australia’s nature is protected and regenerated. 

Nature needs us, now.

Our challenge

Right now, climate and extinction crises threaten our natural world. Climate pollution and habitat destruction are our biggest challenges.

We’re living with the consequences of bad decisions and short-term thinking. The big polluters. The rigged rules. The politicians who forget they represent the people.

But we don’t accept the story that we must sacrifice nature for a quick buck. People made this crisis and together we can solve it.

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Our vision

We see an Australia where nature and people thrive.

Our mission

We empower people to stand up for nature.

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People power our campaigns, and always have

Everyday people from all walks of life are working with us to protect Australian nature for generations to come. People like the farmers who love the land. Traditional Owners who protect Country from uranium mining and toxic pollution. The generous and committed donors who fund our work. The volunteers who lead hard-hitting demonstrations and events and build power deep in their communities, over decades. The letter writers, the petition signers, the conversation starters.

We bring people together to have the biggest possible impact for nature and climate solutions. 

Our wins

Over 50 years, ACF and our community have had some incredible wins.

We advocated against polluting projects like the Jabiluka uranium lease. We saved Toondah Harbour from a nature-wrecking development. We won World Heritage listing for the Reef and Kakadu. We protected places we all love, like the Franklin River, Antarctica and the Murray-Darling. We stood with Traditional Owners to hand back country and farmers to pioneer Landcare. We won billions for clean energy, led a climate march, helping to win a global climate agreement, advocated for our government to start taking real climate action and helped change climate laws in Australia. We also influenced a Superannuation company to divest some of its highest carbon emitting stocks.

Our investigations work helped stop the destruction of vital nesting habitat of about 100 seabirds and we uncovered plans by Woodside to dump an 83-metre long steel and plastic mooring next to the Ningaloo World Heritage Area. We also rallied and continue the fight for protection of the Toondah Harbour wetlands.

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Our community

We are a community of more than half a million people who love Australian nature and we speak out, show up and act to build a better world. We are advocates, friends, explorers and leaders made up of people from all walks of life. With you, ACF can champion big solutions for nature and people.

Our community advocates against pollution and destruction of Australian nature. 

Together, we can challenge the power of big polluting companies and show our politicians that passionate and organised people can affect change. 

If you’ve ever asked, “What can I do to make a difference?” You’re in the right place. Here’s how you can help:

Our community’s incredible support means ACF is proudly independent, non-partisan and funded by donations.

We are led by a passionate leadership team of our volunteer Board and Council and our Executive.

Caring for Country

We stand with Indigenous people who have cared for life here for tens of thousands of years and still do. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this country and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay respect to elders both past and present.

ACF's recognition of first nations rights

Equity, diversity, inclusion and justice

We strive to create a space where nature lovers of all lived experiences are treated with dignity, feel a sense of joy and belonging, and can make an impact with ACF. To be truly people powered, ACF should reflect Australia’s cultural diversity in our supporters, volunteers and staff. We pledge to grow our cultural diversity to better represent all people who care about nature.

A culturally diverse ACF